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Hull 0 Saints 1
Updated 9:48pm Tuesday 11th February 2014 in Sport
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- Saints extend their unbeaten league run to six games with a 1-0 win
- Jose Fonte scored a second-half winner to earn the visitors the points
- The defender's strike was awarded by the Goal Decision System
- Mauricio Pochettino's men climb to eighth place in the table
Saints complete a Premier League double over Hull and extend their unbeaten top-flight run to six matches. Jose Fonte's second-half goal proved the difference. Saints move above Newcastle, into eighth position, although the Magpies will have a chance to go back above them when they host Spurs tomorrow. Thanks for joining us tonight. We will have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly. Ouyr next blog will come from the Stadium of Light, as Saints visit Sunderland on Saturday in the FA Cup fifth round.
HULL 0 SAINTS 1
Saints: Steven Davis off, Victor Wanyama on (90+2 mins).
CHANCE (90 mins): After Artur Boruc saves Sone Aluko's low shot, Jack Cork comes so close to his first ever Saints goal. The midfielder hits a fierce shot from 25 yards, but the ball slams against the post and away to safety.
Saints: Adam Lallana off, James Ward-Prowse on (88 mins).
CHANCE (87 mins): Luke Shaw's low angled drive from just outside the area is saved brilliantly by Steve Harper. Guly do Prado reacts quickly at the back post to turn the rebound goalwards, but Curtis Davies makes a wonderful late block to stop the ball crossing the line.
Morgan Schneiderlin booked for a trip on Sone Aluko (82 mins).
Saints: Rickie Lambert off, Guly do Prado on (77 mins).
Hull: David Meyler and Maynor Figueroa off, Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady on (75 mins).
HULL 0 SAINTS 1 (Jose Fonte 69)
Steve Harper makes a brilliant double save, first from Fonte's header and then from Adam Lallana's shot. Fonte then forces the rebound goalwards and, although it's cleared from the goalmouth, the referee receives the signal from the Goal Decision System to say that the ball crossed the line. Rickie Lambert nets the follow up, just to be certain, but it's Fonte's goal.
CHANCE (56 mins): Steven Davis slides a little pass into the area that picks out Rickie Lambert. He's going away from goal, but manages to fire in a low effort towards the far corner. Steve Harper gets down well to make the save, though.
This is the shot from Jelavic just before half time that was saved by Boruc...
Jose Fonte booked for a late tackle on George Boyd (48 mins).
Jose Fonte closes down a shot from George Boyd...
The second half is underway.
HULL 0 SAINTS 0
Luke Shaw cautioned for a late tackle on Ahmed Elmohamady (45+2 mins).
Jack Cork and Steven Davis chase down Maynor Figueroa...
CHANCE (42 mins): Nikica Jelavic controls a ball that's sent in towards the edge of the area. He works his way past two Saints players and into some space, but his stab towards goal lacks power and Artur Boruc saves comfortably.
CHANCE (31 mins): After a lull in the game, Jay Rodriguez goes close to opening the scoring. His curling effort from 25 yards beats Stephen Harper, but it hits the bar and goes over.
CHANCE (14 mins): Saints clear a long thrown into their area out to Ahmed Elmohamady. He swings in a cross from deep, which is met by the head of Shane Long just inside the box. The striker's glancing effort towards the far corner beats Artur Boruc's dive, but comes back off the post, as Saints escape.
Paul McShane is carried off on a stretcher, and is replaced by George Boyd (12 mins).
CHANCE (8 mins): Another big chance for Saints, and Rickie Lambert again has his head in his hands. Steven Davis plays a superb through ball that picks out the striker's run. Lambert's first touch isn't great, taking the ball a little wide, and he is unable to dink it over the on-rushing Stephen Harper. Both Harper and Paul McShane require treatment after being injured trying to prevent Lambert scoring.
CHANCE (5 mins): Rickie Lambert has his head in his hands, and understandably so. Calum Chambers' clever pass sets Adam Lallana away down the right, with the midfielder's cross deflecting into the path of Lambert 12 yards out. He takes a touch to move the ball into space, then fires a right-foot shot towards the top corner. Everyone expects the ball to hit the back of the net, but it flies just wide of the post.
Referee Martin Atkinson gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at the KC Stadium. Kick-off just about five minutes away now.
Maya Yoshida has started Saints' last three Premier League matches at centre half, following an injury to Dejan Lovren. It has been a welcome return to action for the Japanese international, who was barely used in the first half of the season. With the World Cup this summer, first-team football is important for Yoshida, but the 24-year-old insists he never considered leaving Saints in January.
No. The stadium, the club are fantastic. My dream is to play in the Premier League and have success here. Why would I play half a season then go to another club or another country? That’s crazy.Maya Yoshida
Come on lads very important game for us tonight! LET'S PLAY COYR #saintsfc— @DejanLovren05 11 February 2014
Hull City have taken four points from their last two matches, to move up to 11th in the table. They have been strong at home this season, losing just three times on their own patch. They have also been outstanding defensively at the KC Stadium, conceding just nine goals - with Arsenal the only team in the division to boast a better defensive record at home. Saints did put four past them at St Mary's earlier this season, though. Hull's manager, Steve Bruce, said that performance was the best his side had come up against all season, but he has warned Saints it will be no easy task for them tonight.
They probably gave the best performance of any side we’ve faced this season. It was our hardest game of the season down there. We got our backsides kicked, particularly in the first half, we were all over the place. We’ve got to defend better but I think we’re a different proposition now than we were three months ago. They were excellent on that day, the best side we’ve played this season. I’ve said it before but they’ve got three or four players who can go and play at the highest level, the absolute highest level.Steve Bruce
Earlier in the season, Saints ran out 4-1 winners against tonight's oppponents, with Steven Davis amongst the scorers.
Only one change for Saints from the team that drew 2-2 with Stoke at the weekend with Calum Chambers replacing Nathaniel Clyne at right back.
SAINTS: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, S Davis, Lallana, Rodriugez, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Do Prado.
HULL: Harper, McShane, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Meyler, Jelavic, Long.
Subs: Jakupovic, Quinn, Koren, Brady, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko.
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Hello and welcome to tonight's Daily Echo blog, covering Saints' trip to face Hull at the KC Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino's men are hoping to extend their unbeaten league run to six matches. A point or better this evening will move the club up to eighth in the Premier League table, above Newcastle, who host Tottenham tomorrow. We will have build-up, team news and match updates for you, so stay with us.